HAZARD — A former Perry County Drug Court director accepted a plea deal last week in a case in which she was originally charged with abuse of public trust, theft and several counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Teresa Huff, 54, of Cornettsville, was indicted in May after allegations that she had embezzled money from a public fund. Rumors of the embezzlement started back in February after Huff resigned from her job with drug court.
The money was allegedly taken out by writing personal checks from a fund belonging to the Perry County UNITE Coalition, of which Huff was the treasurer. The indictment alleged that she had embezzled over $11,000 over two years, from February 2010 to February 2012.
Due to her relationship with many of the members of the Perry County court system during her time as the drug court director, her case was moved to a special judge and special prosecutor. The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office handled the case during Huff’s court appearance in Floyd County on August 15.
Huff pleaded guilty to a charge of abuse of public trust, while the remaining charges against her will be dismissed, according to Allison Gardner Martin, spokesperson with the attorney general's office, who added that prosecutors agreed to the plea mainly because all of the parties agreed that Huff had already repaid all but about $600 of the funds.
Huff will be required to pay the remainder of the restitution along with approximately $4,700 that will account for the cost of the forensic accounting examination that took place during the investigation. She will be on supervised probation for five years, Gardner Martin added, and if Huff fails to pay restitution, she could serve up to five years in prison.
Her final sentencing will be held on October 4 in Floyd County under special Judge John David Caudill.